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Mustard: Control Nematodes With A Natural Biofumigant

Control nematodes, fungi, insects, and weeds with a natural biofumigant.

There are two types of mustards (Brassica nigra) generally used for cover crops; brown (indian) mustard and white (yellow) mustard. White mustard has been improved by European plant breeders for use as a cover crop and for the control of nematodes. The glucosinolate content of these new mustards is very high compared to the true brassicas. Mustards are sensitive to cold temperatures, winter-killing at about 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Later maturing varieties are the easiest to manage as farmers do not want mustards to go to seed and become a contaminant in future crops.

Special management practices must be followed for use as a biofumigant. It’s important to note that mustards used for this purpose are non-selective and will eradicate the good pests along with the bad and should be used as a last resort.

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Nitrogen Fixation

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Erosion Control

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Weed Control

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Compacted Soils

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Nutrient Recycling

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Water Infiltration

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Quick Growth

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Quality Forage

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Nematode Control

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Beneficial Insectary

key benefit
Root Structure
Carbon Ratio
Seeds Per Pound
Tap Root
4.5 – 8.0

Planting Instructions:

Seeding Rate:
5-8 lbs./acre
10-12 lbs./acre
Planting Depth:
1/2 inch
Ideal Soil:
Prefers well drained soils
Ideal Planting Season:
Fall, or Spring if necessary